Here’s a quick but important update – Twitter has announced that it has improved its video display process to ensure better playback performance.
The good news: we’ve made updates to improve the video quality.
Starting today, videos you upload to Twitter will look less pixelated for a better viewing experience. pic.twitter.com/lJPI14PVRV
– Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 24, 2021
So what does that mean in practice? Do you know how sometimes tweeted videos are pixelated back to Commodore 64 times when they start playing in-stream? Now, this shouldn’t happen, or it should happen much less, as Twitter’s updated formatting process now works to provide a better and smoother video playback experience.
As for the technical details, nothing has changed – Twitter’s current one video downloads are:
- Minimum resolution: 32 x 32
- Maximum resolution: 1920 x 1200 (and 1200 x 1900)
- Aspect ratios: 1: 2.39 to 2.39: 1 (inclusive)
- Maximum frame rate: 40 fps
- Maximum bit rate: 25 Mbps
Twitter also points out that video ads:
“1200 x 1200 pixels are recommended for a 1: 1 aspect ratio. 1920 x 1080 pixels are recommended for a 16: 9 aspect ratio. Larger videos are better optimized when users click to expand videos.“
These requirements will not be affected by this update, but Twitter background processing is now better equipped to ensure that your videos look their best whenever someone encounters them in the stream.
So now your tweeted videos don’t look like you’re watching them through a dirty window on a rainy day, a good update for everyone.